A Hengrave Hall Wedding Film

 

 Hengrave hall always looks fantastic in Spring and in 2018 I was lucky enough to film three Weddings at this terrific Wedding venue in April and May.

All three couples held their ceremony in St. John Lateran church in the grounds of Hengrave hall.

Three Great Suffolk Weddings

These three short Wedding Trailers epitomise all that is great about Country house weddings, mixing traditional  and new ideas, with typical British weather, rain and sunshine.

 It can be quite a challenge to capture so many aspects of a Country house wedding and all the wedding details and then fit them all into a short Wedding film.

 

 

At the end of April I filmed the Wedding of Sarah and Kyle, we had a mixture of weather but that didn’t stop this lovely couple from making the most of their day.

At the beginning of May Victoria and Michael were married at St. John Lateran church.

It was really great to work alongside Martin Beard photography again.

Another early May Wedding was that of Jade and Ross who celebrated their day in glorious sunshine, and once again Martin was their photographer.

A Gosfield Hall Wedding Video

Harriet and James first contacted me in January 2017 when they were planning their Wedding at Gosfield Hall and we had a meeting in Late March of that year.

I was so pleased when they commissioned me to film their Wedding as they are such a relaxed and happy couple who enjoy life.

To make sure they got the best possible Wedding Film they decided upon my two Videographer film collection

 

Harriet and James had Kevin and Sabrina from Pengelly photography as their Wedding photographers.

I just knew that it would be a ‘fun’ day and I was proved right, here is their 3 minute ‘Teaser Trailer’ ……enjoy !

 

Castle Hedingham Ceremony

 

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How to Make the Best Wedding Film

10 LITTLE THINGS THAT YOU CAN DO TO MAKE YOUR WEDDING FILM EVEN BETTER!

1) Getting ready.

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No doubt listening to music in the background whilst you get ready is a good idea. At certain times we might ask for the music to be turned off though…….because we want to capture the sounds of  a champagne cork popping or the Bride or Groom reading a card out loud. If you are giving out gifts to the Bridal party and you want it to be part of your film then make sure we are in the room when this happens. Another big thing to consider is the lighting in the room where you are getting ready, natural light is always our favourite and will make you look your best on the video, however sometimes make-up artists will want to put the lights on to make it easier for them to work, maybe turn the lights off  occasionally to allow us to capture you in some natural light.

2) Ask us to capture the Groom getting ready too.

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It’s not all about the Girls. Some of the best story building shots are captured whilst the Groom and the boys are getting ready. We like to get shots of the guys with ties, cufflinks and buttonholes, it doesn’t take long to get those shots and you will definitely see how important they are.

3) Your Ceremony Vows

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We will position microphones around the Church or Ceremony room to capture the best audio from your vows, very small lapel microphones on the Grooms jacket can produce outstanding quality. Personally written vows are a favourite of ours. It’s always a great way to tell part of ‘your’ story.

4) Readings

 

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Readings can make great soundbites for your Feature film too so we will place audio devices strategically to capture the best sound from your readers.

5) Confetti

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If you want one of those stunning slow motion confetti shots that you have seen then you want to have that confetti that hangs in the air longer, some venues and churches will ask you to use certain types of confetti like lavender or dried petals. If that is all you are allowed then so be it, it will still be a great shot

6) The Speeches – should you use the Venues P.A.?

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If you can be heard by your guests without using the P.A. microphone, then we recommend that you don’t use it.

Not using the P.A. microphone during the speeches ensures that our microphones capture the audio in a natural way, which means it sounds better in the audio that we use in your wedding film. Of course if you’re in a large reception room and your guests are too far away from the top table then a P.A. microphone will be needed and we might be able to get a direct audio feed from the P.A. or use different recording devices to ensure the best possible sound.

7) Getting a good view during the Ceremony and Speeches.

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Flowers look great in the Ceremony room and Reception, we might need to reposition larger floral displays during the Speeches to ensure we have a clear view of those important people but we will always check with you first. If you are giving out flowers as gifts to anyone on the top table it is also a good idea to make sure they don’t block the cameras view at that point.

Round Top tables make it difficult to capture everyones faces and get the best ‘reaction’ shots during the Speeches

8) The First dance.

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A high percentage of couples will shuffle around the dance floor during their First dance. That’s fine if you aren’t naturally gifted with those killer dance moves then we can still get some fantastic shots at this point. If you are planning on doing a dance routine, please let us know in advance so that we can position different cameras with wider angled lenses on to make sure we get a variety of shots.

9) The Golden Hour and Sunset shots

Later in the day you might be tired, or feeling like it’s time to party after your meal.

Sometimes your Photographer and Videographer will see a great looking sunset, if we do, we will always ask you if you want to come outside for a quick 5 minutes extra to capture something special.

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10) Fireworks or Sparklers, maybe both !!!

Always looks great on film and photos

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Culford School Suffolk Wedding

Scarlett & Vinu — Culford school Wedding from Steve Hood Films on Vimeo.

In August 2017 I was at Culford School filming a really beautiful Summer Wedding.

It was truly an incredible day, full of so much love, laughter and lots and lots of happy tears. The ceremony took place in St Marys Church in the grounds of the stunning Culford School in Suffolk with the wedding reception being held in the School Grand banqueting hall.

Scarlett and Vinu are just simply ‘In Love’, they are beautiful people on the outside and even more beautiful on the inside, I really enjoyed getting to know them.

The Wedding was planned to perfection and they obtained the services of all the best local suppliers.

Photographer – Amanda from Amanda Curd Photography

Flowers –  Tudor Rose Florist supplied flowers at the Church and venue.

Dress – House of Snow Bridal  in Bury St Edmunds – Scarlett wore a simply stunning Suzanne Neville lace gown.

Cake – Sassa’s Cakes – A semi naked four tier sponge cake.

Make up Artist – Makeup and beauty by Victoria Make up and Beauty by Victoria

There was a torrential downpour of rain towards the end of the ceremony which ended just in time for some confetti under the church entrance which had a beautiful floral arch created by Tudor Rose Florists, we then walked the short distance round to the school grounds for the Reception.

Drinks and canapés were served in ‘The Red room’ and once the rain had fizzled out guests started exploring the grounds.

Amanda managed to get all of the group photographs taken outside before we took Scarlett & Vinu off for a few portrait shots and then it was back  to the Grand Hall for the reception meal and speeches.

After the speeches the Sun came back out and we grabbed the chance to take Scarlett and Vinu outside again to capture some more couple shots walking further around the grounds in the evening sunlight before the evening dancing began.

Here is a link to Amanda’s Blog which contains some fantastic photographs of this wonderful Wedding.

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Photo taken by the talented Amanda Curd.